|Andre Jones (inset) was arrested outside Water Tower Place | CPD; Google|
How man thieves are there on the Mag Mile anyway?
Police say a tourist managed to be targeted by thieves outside of Water Tower Place not once — but TWICE within minutes. At 9:15 p.m. on June 7, the 56-year-old woman was standing with a Macy’s shopping bag outside of the iconic mall at 835 North Michigan Avenue.
That’s when 37-year-old Andre Jones approached her, grabbed the bag, and ordered her to “give me that sh*t,” according to a police report. The woman grabbed the bag back, then dropped it in the commotion.
When the woman went to pick up her bag, it was gone—stolen by an “unknown offender,” according to police
Jones, of South Elgin, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor attempted theft because the victim declined to pursue felony robbery charges since she lives outside of the country. He was released on a recognizance bond.
In case you’re wondering what was inside the bag that so many thieves just had to have, it was a small bottle of perfume.
|Williams (inset) is accused of robbing a woman near State and Huron. | CPD; Google|
Felon Charged With River North Robbery
A 20-year-old man who’s on probation for unlawful use of a weapon is now charged with robbing a woman near the Magnificent Mile last Wednesday evening.
Police said a 24-year-old River North woman was walking in the first block of East Huron when Levon Williams approached her and wrestled away her phone. Cops and witnesses chased Williams on foot and, later, pursued a car that he was seen getting into.
He was eventually taken into custody in the 800 block of North Mies Van Der Rohe in Streeterville.
Williams was charged with felony robbery and ordered held without bail by Judge John Lyke. Prosecutors also filed a motion for violation of probation in a gun case that Williams pleaded guilty to earlier in the year.
On February 21, Judge Arthur Hill sentenced Williams to 18 months probation and 15 days of community service after Williams pleaded guilty to having a handgun illegally near his North Lawndale home. Nine other weapons-related felonies were dropped in exchange for his plea. Prosecutors said in court filings that Williams is a member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang.